1. Let’s dance
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been to a high-energy jazz fest performance filled with infectious, toe-tapping grooves, only to see a mere handful of other concertgoers dancing. And while there’s nothing wrong with taking it all in from your seat, there’s a special kind of joy you can only get from cutting loose on the dance floor.
2. Take it easy
Hitting the proverbial wall around Day 5 or 6 of the festival is inevitable, but you can avoid burnout. While there may be four or more different shows you want to see on a given day, it’s really more about the quality of the performances you witness than the sheer quantity of sets you attend. Sometimes it can be best to choose two or three shows per day, and allow yourself time in between to relax and soak in the vibe of the festival.
3. Get surprised
For me, the best part of the jazz festival every year is always the discovery of artists I had never heard play before. For one uninterrupted hour, each jazz fest performance allows the listener to dive headlong into what makes the musicians tick creatively, what they value. Sometimes, you can find that you value you the same things, and you just didn’t know it. Those kinds of unexpected realizations help to make the concert experience all the more enjoyable.
Have fun and enjoy the festival! [ UPDATED 6/23/19 ] CORRECTION: The schedule grid in CITY's Jazz Festival Guide incorrectly listed Jeff Goldblum as the headliner at Kodak Hall on Friday, June 28. In fact, Steve Miller Band is still the headliner on June 28, while Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra will be headlining at Kodak Hall on Wednesday, June 26 (as previously indicated in the grid). Tickets for both concerts are available at the CGI RIJF box office and online atrochesterjazz.com. [ UPDATED 6/24/19 ] The free concerts at the Rochester Regional Health Big Tent are scheduled for 6 p.m. daily, and not 4:30 p.m. as previously listed in the schedule grid.